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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Selected Poems | Louis MacNeice

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Long thought to be merely part of the Auden generation, and often viewed as an English poet, Louis MacNeice became important to the postwar generation of Irish poets, especially those from Northern Ireland like Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon, because of his lyrically nuanced considerations of international as well as national issues. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, and educated in England where he resided for much of his adult life, MacNeice answered a need in these poets for a perspective that made the local have larger political significance. He also offered an angry critique of Ireland and Irish history that was tempered by familial love and affection. Michael Longley’s selection of poems highlights why the critique and the perspective that MacNeice provided were important to his generation as well as to those that have followed. It also shows us that Louis MacNeice’s mixed allegiance between Ireland and England, his urbanity, his postmodern pluralism, and his belief that the personal is political, make him a poet for our day.

Wake Forest University Press is pleased to publish this re-designed edition of Louis MacNeice’s Selected Poems, with an amended preface by Michael Longley.


Reviews

“Michael Longley has rightly praised in MacNeice the zest that MacNeice praised in Yeats. For all of their differences, the greatest Irish poets of our century have this in common: ‘a leaping vitality—the vitality of Cleopatra waiting for the asp’.”
– Jon Stallworthy, Louis MacNeice

“. . . There are few places of refuge and still fewer exits, as MacNeice knew all too well. Ireland, a locus charged for MacNeice with ambivalence and uncanniness, haunted him from his first poems to his last.”
– Guinn Batten, Southern Review

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Long thought to be merely part of the Auden generation, and often viewed as an English poet, Louis MacNeice became important to the postwar generation of Irish poets, especially those from Northern Ireland like Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon, because of his lyrically nuanced considerations of international as well as national issues. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, and educated in England where he resided for much of his adult life, MacNeice answered a need in these poets for a perspective that made the local have larger political significance. He also offered an angry critique of Ireland and Irish history that was tempered by familial love and affection. Michael Longley’s selection of poems highlights why the critique and the perspective that MacNeice provided were important to his generation as well as to those that have followed. It also shows us that Louis MacNeice’s mixed allegiance between Ireland and England, his urbanity, his postmodern pluralism, and his belief that the personal is political, make him a poet for our day.

Wake Forest University Press is pleased to publish this re-designed edition of Louis MacNeice’s Selected Poems, with an amended preface by Michael Longley.


Reviews

“Michael Longley has rightly praised in MacNeice the zest that MacNeice praised in Yeats. For all of their differences, the greatest Irish poets of our century have this in common: ‘a leaping vitality—the vitality of Cleopatra waiting for the asp’.”
– Jon Stallworthy, Louis MacNeice

“. . . There are few places of refuge and still fewer exits, as MacNeice knew all too well. Ireland, a locus charged for MacNeice with ambivalence and uncanniness, haunted him from his first poems to his last.”
– Guinn Batten, Southern Review

Additional information

Publication date:

2009